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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 30, 2011 4:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move

It's a hell of a way to run an archive.

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Poster: elmagno Date: Jul 30, 2011 6:43pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move

Yearly dues are cheap and there are thousands of films. Tens of thousands?

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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 30, 2011 6:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move

About 2,500. So?

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Poster: elmagno Date: Jul 30, 2011 7:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move

About 2,500 films? I think you mean movies, but really don't know what you are getting at.

As for the "So?" you prove my point, although you didn't get it. It's sort of ungracious to complain about free french fries, much less main courses. I know, "So?"

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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 30, 2011 9:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move

First, you posted your reply in the Feature Films Forum. There aren't "tens of thousands" of films in the Feature Films Collections.

Second, lets get something straight. Admin didn't contribute these films. They only are here thanks to the expertise, diligence and uncounted thousands of hours of work put in by dedicated content contributors like K-otic, Billbarstad, Moongleam and many others. They are the ones who made IA what it is today. They are the ones to whom we owe our constant appreciation and thanks. In response to the tremendous and constant efforts of these volunteer content contributors, it's not too much to ask IA's non-communicative administration to respond in a timely way to simple requests like having uploads moved.

Yes, as things stand now, it is a hell of a way to run an archive.

This post was modified by picfixer on 2011-07-31 04:03:28

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Poster: elmagno Date: Jul 30, 2011 11:06pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move like a dancer

As you say,

"First, you posted your reply in the Feature Films Forum. There aren't "tens of thousands" of films in the Feature Films Collections."

I didn't say there were. It's rereadable, reread.

But forget the thousands, I'm happy if only one film is here. Well, I'd be a little bit happy for just one (after all, it would have been the very first!), and personally I happen to go back nearly that far. Just luck on my part, but good luck. Finding this place was nice.

I am also very happy some odd thousands of films are, indeed, universally accessible here. I think my first download was 'Lying Lips," but I'm not sure after all this time. The years have passed, and all the while the archive has been greatly achieving itself, year after year. It's very big deal now. Very Big! Thanks to all!

Again, as you say,

"Second, lets get something straight. Admin didn't contribute these films. They only are here thanks to the expertise, diligence and uncounted thousands of hours of work put in by dedicated content contributors like K-otic, Billbarstad, Moongleam and many others. They are the ones who made IA what it is today. They are the ones to whom we owe our constant appreciation and thanks. In response to the tremendous and constant efforts of these volunteer content contributors, it's not too much to ask IA's non-communicative administration to respond in a timely way to simple requests like having uploads moved."

Thanks. I have contributed films since about 2004. So I guess I am one of those to "whom we owe our constant appreciation and thanks." You're welcome, but zero thanks wanted. I have uploaded out of grateful reciprocity. People were nice to me!

Best of all, it seems to be working out for all of us, for thousands of serious film students and lots and lots of happy, casual visual aficionados. Like me.

I have been lucky enough to have been participating since oldies like twain_bough were the new names on the block. On a minor but long-lasting point, I have whimsically wondered for years what LordoftheExacto might really mean. Seen it for years, but still curious. My mother insisted: no running with knives, Could LordoftheExacto be noir or art nouveau, or something strictly vocational, or maybe just a paper cut, or maybe something really dangerous? Feature Films conjure up things.

We have gone with the flow when it didn't, when the search engine was down for months and months. There have been several ups and downs.I myself am currently and foreseeably deficient in Turkish, so right now it's a bewildering search. But, in the larger frame, technical improvements and that great open door have been always ended up offering great results.

Please, don't tell me what's wrong with this place. Celebrate it. As Kurt Vonnegut's good uncle said, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is."

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jul 30, 2011 11:08pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move like a dancer

I'm guessing that LordoftheExacto refers to a person who edits films.

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Poster: splue Date: Jul 30, 2011 11:20pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Moongleam

dear Moongleam r u an IA administrater??

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Poster: LordOfTheExacto Date: Aug 1, 2011 6:50am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move like a dancer

Actually, no, although I'd enjoy the hell out of that. I'm a newspaperman; it refers to the time when we used to do manual cut-and-paste.

I've wondered sometimes if "Lord of the Exacto" gives off some sort of ghoulish serial-killer vibe, which sounds like less fun than editing films but certainly has more variety than the newspaper business. But alas, the name is actually pretty prosaic.

This post was modified by LordOfTheExacto on 2011-08-01 13:50:00

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Poster: picfixer Date: Jul 31, 2011 12:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move like a dancer

Just because an institution which performs a valuable function exists, does that mean it is immune from all criticism? If a problem is hidden instead of being openly reported and discussed, what chance is there it will ever be corrected? Anyone who lives long enough to understand a little of human nature knows the answer to that one.

A number of years ago there was an expose of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. No one doubts Walter Reed is an outstanding hospital which does extraordinary work, yet it turned out some veterans were receiving shockingly bad treatment, a condition which had gone on for years. Once this was accidentally revealed immediate corrections were instituted. Going with the flow can sometimes wash you down the drain.

I love IA too. I spend a lot of time here, if only as a lowly review writer. But as a religious reader of this forum it has been easy to see problems of communication exist beyond the slow or non movement of files.

It is the volunteer content contributors who diligently vet films for PD status, thus helping to keep IA's fat out of the fire. It is the volunteer content contributors who root out copyright violations, and report them to admin for removal. It is admin that sometimes fails to remove them, even after multiple requests. What more can I say?

Elmagno, I honor and thank you for your contributions, but avoidance is no way to fix a problem.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jul 31, 2011 1:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Please move like a dancer

It would help if the admins would be more responsive to questions posted to them. But they generally aren't and I guess that's just the way it is. You say nothing's been moved for seven days now, but come on, we've both seen periods when nothing's being moved go on for months. It'll straighten out eventually. Until then, we're just gonna have to wait for "input from regular staff" (yes, I brought that up again. I'm not going to let them live that one down!) In the meantime, I would invite you to turn your attention to Community Video and enjoy all the porn, copyrighted movies, and terrorist videos that I'm sure are going to flood that section in the weeks to come, and when I say this, keep in mind that I am being sarcastic.